SimpliSafe Review: No-Contract Security System
• Inexpensive monthly monitoring
• Monitoring optional
• Can be moved
• Dedicated cellular monitoring
• No video cameras
• No home automation
• Interactive features cost more to buy and to monitor
• More expensive than some competitors.
SimpliSafe is a contract-free home security system which is advertised on television.
Claims & Features
- 24/7 protection
- No annual contracts or hidden fees
- Fast cellular connection
- Text and email alerts
- Easy to install
- Pet friendly
- Portable and wireless
Cost & Availability
Ultimate Package (16 pieces) – $539.85; Master Package (14 pieces) – $449.87; Classic Package (9 pieces) – $349.92; Economy Package (7 pieces) – $259.95; Starter Package (5 pieces) – $229.96
60 day full refund for all packages, with paid return shipping
The TV commercial below has been airing as of this writing.
SimpliSafe is a home security system which addresses the most glaring problems with many of its competitors: Long, expensive contracts, and a system that is complicated to use. The system itself is an easy plug-and-play setup which can be installed in minutes, while monitoring is optional. Most of the elements expected from a complete system are included, except video cameras.
The equipment arrives already programmed to work, so all you have to do is plug the parts in and they will function out of the box. By purchasing and installing SimpliSafe, you own the equipment outright and can move it whenever and wherever needed. The monitoring is optional, and if you decide not to use monitoring, the system will still work as a local alarm to alert you and (hopefully) scare off intruders. You can choose to have your system monitored from one of three price ranges: Standard, Alert, and Interactive. These range from $14.99 to $24.99 a month.
Equipment options include base station, entry sensor, motion sensor, panic button, freeze sensor, sirens, wireless keypad, key-chain remote, and water sensor.
One potential flaw in the system is that intruders could destroy the base station within the system’s 30-second grace period in order to circumvent the alarm from sounding. Another caveat is that if you have spotty T-Mobile connectivity in your area, monitoring could be affected as that is the provider for SimpliSafe.
Overall, however, SimpliSafe is a highly-rated and worthy entrant in the home security category.
There are a number of popular home security systems available, from big names like ADT and Brinks, to newer high-tech offerings by iSmartAlarm and Oplink. With an investment as important as a security system, you may want to compare prices and options from several vendors before making your final decision.
SimpliSafe is a solid home alarm system which addresses some of the problems with major competitors. While there are a few cons to be found among the product, it is overall a solid offering that all potential buyers should consider.
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This review has been updated since its original publication in October 2015.